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How to Score 700+ on the Digital SAT Math

By Laura Whitmore

Dreaming of a sky-high score on your SAT Math? It might seem like an overwhelming task, but with the right approach, scoring 700 or more is well within your reach. We delve into practical, effective strategies tailored to help you master the Digital SAT Math section. From leveraging cutting-edge digital tools to honing in on problem-solving techniques, these insider tips are your roadmap to SAT success.

Want a break from reading? Check out my YouTube video instead!

Tip #1: Start with a Diagnostic Test

Before anything else, it's essential to know where you stand. Taking a diagnostic test is like mapping out your SAT journey. We would recommend using College Board's BlueBook app and taking the practice PSAT for an accurate baseline. Using 3rd party diagnostics are unfortunately unreliable - not only are the questions often not on par with official questions, but no one has truly drilled down on the adaptive scoring algorithm the SAT uses. If you already have a score report from a previous digital SAT or an official PSAT, you can use that instead of taking a diagnostic to identify your strengths and areas for improvement. This insight is vital for a targeted and effective study plan.

Tip #2: Zero in on Weak Areas

Once you know your weak spots, it's time to tackle them head-on. Practice those tricky concepts using resources like the College Board's question bank or the Preptly app. Understanding mistakes is key to not repeating them. This means taking time out to read the answer explanations and figure out where you went wrong. Otherwise, history is bound to repeat itself. Think of each practice session in two parts: (1) attempting the problem and (2) reflecting on the problem and learning from your mistakes. Both components are necessary to land your goal math score.

Tip #3: Learn at Your Own Pace

If you're struggling with self-study, our Self-Paced Digital SAT Math Course can be a great supplement. It simplifies complex ideas into digestible lessons. Each lesson covers high-probability concepts sure to show up on the test, as well as practical and effective strategies you can use when you get stuck.

If you feel like you need more direction and a solid prep plan, this is definitely the way to go.

Tip #4: Adopt Smart Problem-Solving Strategies

Sometimes, the direct approach to a problem isn't enough. Here are some math strategies you can implement when you get stuck:

  • Working Backwards — For problems with defined answer choices, try plugging them back into the question. This is especially effective for integer-based word problems.

  • Nice Numbers — When faced with abstract problems, replace variables with simple numbers to make the problem more tangible and solvable. Using small numbers like 2 and 3 work really well for most problems like this. Of course, when dealing with percents, the best number to work with is 100.

  • Drawing a Picture — Visual representation can be a game-changer, especially for geometry problems. Sketching can provide clarity and a new perspective on the problem. The 15-20 seconds it takes to draw a picture is well worth it, especially when you have 1.5 minutes per question at your disposal.

  • Guessing a Middle Number — If you're stuck, choosing a middle number from the options can increase your chances of selecting the correct answer. Outliers are typically never correct when given a range of numbers to choose from.

  • Majority Rules — When guessing, look for commonalities among the answer choices. This can provide hints towards the correct answer.

Tip #5: Maximize the Potential of the Desmos Calculator

The Desmos calculator is more than just a graphing tool; it's a critical asset in tackling the SAT Math section. This advanced calculator, available during the test, can be a game-changer, especially for complex problems. It's important to understand how to use desmos and what things should look like graphically. We have a few YouTube videos available that covers this. Check out this video.

Tip #6: Practice, Practice, Practice

Take full-length timed practice tests to improve your pacing and build up your test-taking stamina. It’s not just about answering correctly; it’s about doing it efficiently.

Bonus Tip: Double-Check Your Work

Aiming for that perfect score? Make sure to bank enough time to go back and redo all the problems again. This is hands down the best way to catch and correct any careless errors. I personally could not break a 780 math score until implemented this strategy. I finally scored a perfect 800 in math last March.

Bottom Line

Getting a 700+ on your SAT Math isn't just about knowing the material; it's about being strategic, practicing effectively, and using the right tools. So, gear up, use these tips, and get ready to conquer the SAT Math section. You've got this!

Happy prepping!


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